Preview: Soulo Festival (Soulo Theatre)

SOULO Festival 2016 POSTERSolo Festival plays in Toronto, dedicated to showcasing solo works!

The Soulo Festival, now in its fourth year, returns to combine acclaimed solo stage performances with classes and workshops.

Performers, audiences, teachers, and anyone interested in personal storytelling are encouraged to head to the Red Sandcastle Theatre between May 26 – 29, 2016.

Creator Tracey Erin Smith and Artistic Producer Franny McCabe-Bennett took some time to answer a few questions about the festival.

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Review: Forever Plaid (Starvox Entertainment)

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Forever Plaid is an All-Singing, All-Dancing Tribute to an Era

Every so often a wish comes true and people get a second chance at their dream. In Starvox Entertainment’s Forever Plaid playing at the Panasonic Theatre gives a quartet the chance to have that one show they never got to play.

Some might say it’s a concert that is out of this world, but, personally, I think it’s exactly what it says on the tin.

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Review: Body Politic (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and lemonTree Creations)

Body Politic by Nick Green at Buddies in Bad Times TheatreThe Body Politic looks further into Toronto’s queer history on stage at Buddies in Bad Times

One might worry, if one were less nerdy than I am, that two gay historical productions in a single season could be considered an excess of history all together at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. But for those of us who relish the stories of what happened before we arrived and our connection to the people who helped create the current political moment (for good or ill), The Body Politic satisfies a particular kind of itch.

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Review: Counting Sheep (Lemon Bucket Orkestra)

HeroShot.jpg (Dahlia Katz)Lemon Bucket Orkestra presents immersive guerrilla folk-opera Counting Sheep in Toronto

The revolution will not be televised … but, in the case of the Euromaidan or Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity of 2013/14, not only will it be televised but also turned into an original folk opera and cleverly staged as a remarkable piece of immersive theatre called Counting Sheep. Continue reading Review: Counting Sheep (Lemon Bucket Orkestra)

Review: Backstage In Biscuit Land (World Stage)

BiscuitJess Thom’s “warm and incredibly funny” show takes to the Toronto stage

Most of us only know of Tourette Syndrome as someone shouting inappropriate obscenities as a cheap gag in a TV show or movie. Backstage In Biscuit Land, playing now at World Stage, offers a true view into the condition led by Jess Thom, whose tics include saying “biscuit!” 16,000 times a day. Continue reading Review: Backstage In Biscuit Land (World Stage)

Review: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder (Mirvish)

dl_GGLAM_Tour_1Mirvish presents Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder in Toronto

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2014, finished its Broadway run earlier this year and embarked on a tour across North America. It’s currently making a stop in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Unfortunately, this off-kilter class struggle/revenge fantasy musical comedy failed to charm me. Continue reading Review: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder (Mirvish)

Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of May 23rd

Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week

This week, we’re seeing a wealth of new shows that feature solo acts. Conversely, we’re also seeing a lot of series and festivals that feature multiple acts under a single umbrella. We’ve collected a few examples of each–solo shows and series–that all come in at a reasonable price of 25 dollars or less! Check ’em out under the cut! Continue reading Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of May 23rd

Playlistings in Toronto for the Week of May 23rd

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of May 23rd

Summer is fast approaching, but before all the nice weather and outdoor shows start popping up, we’ve still got a few more weeks of May to get through! Thankfully, there are a number of fun new shows opening this week, from Purcell operas about fairy queens to Albee plays about falling in love with goats. This week, it’s Mike’s turn to highlight his most anticipated picks in red!

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Review: The Inventor Of All Things (Red Sandcastle Theatre)

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Jem Rolls’ Big, Impactful Show at the Red Sandcastle Theatre

I had never heard of Leo Szilard until I witnessed Jem Rolls present Leo’s story at the Red Sandcastle Theatre and Jem is spot on by deeming him The Inventor of All Things. Well, Leo didn’t invent everything, but his simple thought at a simple streetlight would have one of the biggest, literal and figurative, impacts on the world and, in effect, on all of our lives.

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Review: Le Placard/The Closet (Théâtre français de Toronto)

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Le Placard is an Evening of Laughter: Go See this Parisian Comedy!

Le Placard/The Closet is a tried-and-true French comedy that will have you laughing and groaning at Francois Pignon’s personal and corporate misfortunes. We’re very lucky to witness his comic conundrums at the Théâtre français de Toronto.

Pignon is the creation of French playwright Francis Veber; Awkward Pignon tickled funny bones in L’Emmerdeur and Le Dîner de cons in Toronto as well, and I’m now regretful that I missed them. I lost two chances for another night of laughs. Continue reading Review: Le Placard/The Closet (Théâtre français de Toronto)